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What is appendectomy?

What is appendectomy?

Surgical procedure: Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small organ attached to the right colon. When the appendix goes bad, the best more durable treatment to avoid serious health disruption is an appendectomy, which can be done with traditional open surgery or with a laprascopic approach. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more


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How long does an appendectomy take?

How long does an appendectomy take?

Varies: Depends if it is open or laparoscopic surgery. Usually surgery would be under an hour unless there is a lot of internal scarring or internal infection making surgery take longer. ...Read more

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Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

General Surgery: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon. The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply. ...Read more

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What are common complications of appendectomy?

And others: Less common problems can include bleeding, anesthesia related problems, and leak at the colon site where the appendix was removed. These are much less likely than infection after appendectomy. The earlier that appendicitis is diagnosed and treated the less likely you are to have complications from surgery. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to get an appendectomy?

Appendectomy: First of all, your symptoms have to be diagnosed as appendicitis; classic signs and symptoms can indicate the diagnosis by physical examination. When your symptoms are not clear-cut, a ct scan of your abdomen will help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain after an appendectomy?

Sometimes yes: How long ago was your appendectomy? Depending on this answer, pain after this operation could be infection, adhesions, or hernia. Or it could be just healing surgical wound. You should speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

Varies: Depends somewhat if it was open or laparoscopic surgery. Each surgeon will have their own instructions. In my patients i tell them to wait a week after surgery before swimming & to limit the time in the water to less than 30 mminutes at first to watch for any irritation or reaction at the incision. Ask your surgeon for their directions. ...Read more

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Could i elect to be awake during an appendectomy?

Could i elect to be awake during an appendectomy?

You really don't ...: Want to be. Whether performed openly or laparoscopically, appendectomy is an intra-abdominal operation most frequently performed under general anesthesia. Most appendectomies these days are performed laparoscopically. For such a procedure, the abdominal wall must be relaxed and the patient's ventilation controlled, leading to the choice of general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens during an appendectomy?

Appendix removed: Appendix can be removed open or with a laparoscope, surgeon accesses the appendix through a larger incision if open or several small incisions if laparoscopic. A camera allows the surgeon to see inside your abdomen to guide the instruments. The appendix is removed. After the appendix is removed, the small incisions are cleaned, closed, and dressed. ...Read more

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How can you know if you should get an appendectomy?

How can you know if you should get an appendectomy?

See your doctor: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix that requires surgery. Appendicitis causes 24 to 48 hours of worsening right lower abdominal pain that can be associated with nausea, vomiting, or fever. Your doctor would need to examine you, and possibly do blood tests and maybe an x-ray or ct scan. If your appendix is normal you do not need an appendectomy. ...Read more

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What am i not supposed to do after an appendectomy?

Follow the direction: From your surgeon. Usually no heavy physical labor or heavy exercises for a few weeks. Bathe & shower when ok with your surgeon. Best to eat light foods & drink more liquids early after surgery. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing pain, fever, recurrent vomiting, wound redness or drainage. Do not take narcotic pain medications more than prescribed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from appendectomy?

How long does it take to recover from appendectomy?

Depends: If you had a laparoscopic surgery for your appendectomy and your appendix was not ruptured with abscess, you will recover quickly (5-8 days). Larger inciisions, and more advanced disease of the appendix could lay you up for 1-2 wks. ...Read more

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How long after an appendectomy can you lift weights?

Best to wait 30 days: If the appendectomy was done using a minimally invasive technique like laraoscopy, i advise no weight training for 3 weeks after surgery. If the surgery was done open, i advise no weight training or heavy work for 6 weeks. This assumes there were no wound complications from the original procedure. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain associated with an appendectomy?

How bad is the pain associated with an appendectomy?

Post operative pain: Pain after surgery, or post operative pain is expected and treated in several ways. First line therapy is narcotic pain meds. The pain should take a pattern of decreasing over 5 to 10 days. A pain scale is often used and subjective rank from the patient should be 4-6 out of 10. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after an appendectomy?

Not long: That depends on the type of appendectomy done. If it was done laparoscopically you may feel back to normal within a couple of days. If you needed a larger incision it could take weeks to a few months depending on the type of incision. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery after an open appendectomy?

Variable: Depends on the size & location of the scar & other factors such as degree of infection. May take 4-6 weeks before one can do all normal activities. ...Read more

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Gf is embarrassed about appendectomy, how to help her?

More Details?: What is she embarrassed about? The scar? I am not sure of your question. If the scar is unsightly, it can be 'revised' or removed surgically and reclosed to try to make it 'less unsightly'. Not sure what you are asking? ...Read more

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What are some normal symptoms after having an appendectomy?

What are some normal symptoms after having an appendectomy?

None: Most patients have no residual symptoms after a 'routine' appendectomy. Post surgical symptoms, if any, are more likely to occur after 'complicated' appendicitis, such as with perforations of the appendix. ...Read more

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If i get an appendectomy, is remaining awake a possibility?

Yes: Deep anesthesia is not needed. All that is required is that the area by pain free so that the appendix can easily be removed. This would probably be done by laparoscopic surgery with the anesthesiologist using a caudal anesthetic, similar to a spinal, where an anesthetic agent is given by needle to the tissue around the spinal cord numbing the lower belly wall. ...Read more

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How long does the wound heal from inside after appendectomy?

Wound healing : Wound healing is a process occurring over a period of 8 months to a year. For optimal healing (strength of at least 75% of original wound) it takes up to 8 months. For normal healing and normal activities- 6 weeks is safest. If you had a ruptured appendix requiring the wound to be left open- it may take 6-8 weeks to granulate. Your surgeon may also elect to secondarily close after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Appendectomy (Definition)

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more